ACR speaker gender gap lingers despite improvements since 2017

Over the past 2 years, women have represented 44.9% of speakers and moderators at the American College of Rheumatology annual meetings, according to a presenter here. Though slightly higher than the mean reported for U.S. medical conferences in 2017, more work should be done to achieve equal representation.

“There is a gender gap — that is, proportionately more male than female physicians — across most medical specialties in Canada and the U.S., despite the current gender parity in medical school. Limited numbers of role models, sponsors and mentors may contribute,” Kanika Monga, MD, study author and rheumatology fellow with McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and UT Physicians in Houston, told Healio Rheumatology.

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